This page includes helpful advice and information about how you can get recruited to play in college, and we will continue to update and add information here. Scroll down & enjoy all the info!
Want to play volleyball in college? Depending on your level of play, your academics, your dedication and desire, and support from your coaches, your child can play volleyball in college!
There are over 1,700 colleges and universities that have womens volleyball teams in the U.S.:
- DI: 336 schools
- DII: 300 schools
- DIII: 443 schools
- NAIA: 222 schools
- 2yr, 4yr, JuCo: 515 schools
There's a right-fit school for you!
Volleyball coaches want to hear from YOU... The Player will need to put in some time and effort to reach out to colleges, market herself, and find her desired school(s). By reaching out to college coaches, you will open many more doors and find yourself being recruited, and possibly discovering schools you had not heard of, but want YOU to play in their program!
Player Showcases - click for more info
- Get great grades. that will open the most doors, and typically offer more money
- Work harder than all your teammates, on and off the court and in the classroom
- Make sure your volleyball coaches and club director know that you want to play in college
- Target the schools where you want to live and are a good-fit academically
- Be realistic in identifying what level you can contribute and make an impact
- Create a personal highlight reel and a skill video
- Start sending personal emails to coaches!
- Keep in contact and be sure to ALWAYS REPLY to coaches within 48 hours!
Playing a college sport is not easier than high school or club. It's even MORE work and demands strong time management skills. It's never too early to start managing your own time and priorities... Parents, let your daughters be in charge of their schedules and commitments now, so that college is not such an overwhelming shock. But if you do want to play in college, it's rewarding and memorable and exciting!
LJV Recruiting Seminar - Wednesday Dec 11 at TSA Fellowship Hall 5:00-6:30pm
PDF of presentation slides from LJV Recruiting Seminar: seminar-dec2019-handout
Want to play NCAA sports? Visit ncaa.org/playcollegesports (lots of interesting info/stats)
"The Ultimate Recruiting Guide for College Volleyball"
PDF file: The_Recruiting_Guide
All La Jolla Volleyball club, our high school age travel teams (15s-16s-17s-18s) receive membership/access to SportsRecruits.com, providing access to every college program in the country and personalized player profiles.
LJV players: make sure you log in to your SportsRecruits page and update your personal profile with your headshot, height, reach, approach jump touch, skills, GPA, test scores, awards, and skills videos (see ReelSportsRecruit link below for how to get a video highlight reel made!)
HUDL: LJV 15s-18s have Hudl! Best way to re-watch your games AND make highlight videos!
University Athlete - be sure your information is up-to-date prior to major tournaments... most college coaches will use this app while at major tournaments to find and keep track of their potential recruits
NCAA Eligibility Center - register now; but no need to pay for D1 or D2 if you are not sure yet, just register.
NCSA - National Collegiate Scouting Association: http://www.ncsasports.org
lots of FREE helpful info/advice on their website, so get on their emailing list for free info & blogs.
but DON'T dive into any financial commitment with NCSA (until/unless you talk with your coach first)
DO YOU HAVE A CALL WITH A COLLEGE COACH ALREADY SET UP?
Here's a link to some helpful info and topics to discuss and ask, etc:
PrepVolleyball.com Recruiting Needs - updated regularly (membership/subscription required)
AVCA - American Volleyball Coaches Association
Good luck, everyone... there's a great-fit college and volleyball program for YOU!
If you are a current LJV player, feel free to contact LJV Club Director Barb Birnbaum (and/or your current coaches) with any/all questions about college recruiting... have fun & good luck!